To most of us, work is much more than just a paycheque. It helps to define our identity, gives us a sense of accomplishment and the opportunity to contribute to our families and society. When we can’t work because of an injury or illness, the experience can be unsettling and stressful.
That’s why, in addition to providing disability benefits, Roger Menard Insurance takes pride in the specialty resources available to help you return to work. When appropriate, Roger Menard Insurance will work with you, your doctor, and, if applicable, your employer, to implement a return-to-work plan designed just for you.
All the help you need
The return-to-work resources we offer you may include:
- Work conditioning – helping you return to work gradually, if necessary.
- Job and/or worksite modifications – physical changes to your work area or job duties to accommodate your needs.
- Transferable skills analysis – identifying alternative occupations that you could perform based on your education, training, experience, restrictions and limitations.
- Job search assistance – help with preparing your resume, interview practice, training courses and/or testing.
- Assistive devices – medically required equipment to help you return to work.
How it works in real life
You may be wondering how these services might apply to you and your particular circumstances. Here are three examples that will give you some idea of the kind of assistance we can provide.
A new job, a new life
A self-employed landscaper/engine maintenance worker was working in a family owned business. He injured his back, and was diagnosed with cervical cord compression. This injury caused him difficulties with balancing, climbing, finger dexterity and strength. The Roger Menard Insurance Customer Care team focused on possible job modifications, assistive devices and specialized equipment that could help him return to work.
A transferable skills analysis helped him identify alternate occupations within his skill level and physical capabilities. A job as a small engine repair technician was identified as the closest to his pre-disability occupation. The results of the analysis also indicated that this new position would require formal training and certification. Roger Menard Insurance agreed to fund the small engine repair program, and contracted the services of an employment coach to assist our insured with job search activities. When his training and job search was completed, the insured was able to return to work full time using his newly acquired skills.
Taking it slowly, but surely
A structural engineer was referred for return-to-work assistance 22 months after his original date of disability. Initially, the available information indicated that he would not be able to return to his pre-disability occupation, and that it might be necessary to assist him with a job search.
After further research, and a telephone discussion between our consulting psychiatrist and his treating psychiatrist, it seemed possible for him to return to work with his original employer. The structural engineer expressed interest in returning to his previous position, but was unsure of how he would be received by his co-workers and management team. The Roger Menard Insurance Customer Care team advised him that we would assist him with the transition back to the workplace.
A rehabilitation specialist in his local community developed a return-to-work plan, working with him, his employer and his treating Psychiatrist. Using this gradual plan, he was able to return to his full time duties.
Making it work
A lawyer had just finished 3 months of disability and radiation treatment for thyroid cancer, and was ready to return to work. A barrier for her return was the difficulty she had projecting her voice in court. As a lawyer, this was a vital part of her occupation.
The Roger Menard Insurance Customer Care team investigated potential adaptive technologies and assistive devices that would enhance her voice projection. As a result, Roger Menard Insurance purchased a wireless transmitter and amplifier for her, to be worn. In addition, Voice Recognition Software was installed on her personal work computer, enabling her to successfully return to work.